A NEW inclusive football academy is up and running in Gloucester aimed to bridge the gap between grassroots and professional clubs academy.

The Severn Football Academy, based at Widden Primary School, is designed to incorporate the Muslim community's Maddressah and it is hoped the playing time will suit youngsters from all backgrounds.

They train on Tuesday nights and work with expert coaches from the FA.

They also have endorsements from staff within professional clubs as they aim to get players to the required standard to earn a trial.

Director of coaching Kurt Doyle has been delighted with the academy so far and has been impressed with what he's seen so far.

"We are really pleased to have created a fun, challenging and positive learning environment for players to train in," he said.

"It is great to finally have a place to nurture the 'street' football skills of players within Gloucester, at times to suit their cultural and religious commitments which are often overlooked.

"We have already seem some fantastic talent attend and are really excited for the coming months."

Parent Alex Tutty echoed those sentiments and feels it's the perfect environment for young footballers to improve in.

"My son had a trial and absolutely loved it," he said."

"It's very professional, has a great attitude and kids constantly on the move with a ball at their feet.

"I can see how young footballers would rapidly develop in this environment, I'm very impressed."

Anyone who wishes to take part should contact the academy at office@severnfootballacademy.com or call 07423401622.

More information can be found at severnfootballacademy.com.